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Norman Lockyer Observatory, Salcombe Hill, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0NY
Devon and Cornwall branch

This event is fully booked.

Come along for an evening of life not quite how we know it on our visit to the Norman Locyer Observatory.

The Observatory was founded in 1912 and was a centre for astrophysical and geophysical research until the 1980's. The visit includes a talk by Carol Boote, a lecturer for the Open University, entitled ‘LIFE, NOT ON EARTH', a Planetarium Show, and the opportunity to view the night sky through two telescopes if the skies are clear. Children are welcome from the age of 12 upwards. Warm clothing and sensible shoes essential as the visit entails walking from the building to the telescopes and climbing a short ladder for viewing.


Royal Society of Biology Members Free
Non-members £8.00
Children £4.00


The Norman Lockyer Observatory is about 2 km east of Sidmouth and 0.5 km from the coast. It is on the north side of Salcombe Hill Road which runs between the town and Trow Farm, where it joins the east-west A3052.

For more information go to the Observatory's website.

Further details and booking

Booking is essential, giving full names and contact details. For non-members payment is on arrival, either in cash or by cheque payable to Royal Society of Biology Devon and Cornwall branch.

Please contact the branch secretary, Chris Fry if you require more information and to reserve your place(s), alternatively you can book by phone on 01395 278556.